Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. A self-taught athlete his personal training theories grew out of an effort to rehabilitate bed ridden patients in a military camp in the early 1900s. He adapted hospital beds with pulleys, straps and strings to assist them with their exercises. These beds would later develop into the classic Pilates Reformer now used in studios around the world.
Regular performance of Pilates exercises will create a stronger, leaner, longer you. You will receive numerous benefits:
- Deep healthy breathing
- Increased mind-body coordination
- A more robust and energetic spirit
- Uniform muscle development
- Flexible, decompressed spine and joints
How often should I practice Pilates?
Three times a week is ideal particularly in the beginning of your training whether it be 3 private lessons or a combination of private lessons, mat class and homework.
Do I have to take private or can I learn through group sessions?
Mat work on its own can be extremely beneficial and for some bodies group sessions will yield positive results. However, some clients may find that they need more individual attention. It is suggested that the Pilates student take a few private lessons at the beginning in order to establish their goals and learn modifications if necessary. Private lessons also give the client an opportunity to experience the Pilates apparatus which, when done in combination with the mat exercises, will speed their progress. The pulleys, springs, and straps of the apparatus act as extra muscles and heighten your level of body awareness and movement ability.